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Holland Venture Partners sponsored by Natixis Private Equity establishes a new fund


Amsterdam, 2nd July, 2009

Holland Venture Partners sponsored by Natixis Private Equity establishes a new fund aiming to address the Dutch private equity market.

Holland Venture Partners based in Amsterdam will focus on expansion and buy-out investments in small and medium sized Dutch companies.

The team, with seven investment professionals, has an extensive experience in the Dutch private equity market, both as entrepreneurs and as private equity managers. Holland Venture Partners has chosen to be sponsored by Natixis Private Equity to establish a €70 million fund named: NPE Holland Venture Partners Fund I.

This new sponsorship enables Natixis Private Equity to reinforce its international presence and to go further in its strategy abroad by entering a new attractive market. “The Dutch Private Equity Market has always been showing good investment opportunities regarding small and mid cap companies. For months, we have been looking for a high quality partnership with people having a recognized track record and a very good business network like Ewout Prins, Hubert Verbeek and Jos Houben. Combined with the strong expertise of Natixis Private Equity, the team has got all the assets to generate good returns on this market.” emphasizes François Feige, Board member of Natixis Private Equity International Management.

Investment strategy
Holland Venture Partners will invest in companies, with revenues up to €60 million that can benefit from the following long term trends:

• Deregulation
• Demographic developments
• Sustainability
• Ownership transmission

“The Dutch market of small and mid cap companies provides interesting opportunities for private equity investors with a clear investment strategy. Holland Venture Partners invests in companies in selected markets that benefit from current trends. As an experienced investor, we have the expertise and local network to support these companies in realizing their growth potential. Natixis Private Equity provides a very valuable international addition to our capabilities.” comments Ewout Prins, one of the managing partners of Holland Venture Partners.

The fund will acquire majority stakes or minority stakes with control rights and invests equity amounts of €3 to €13 million.

In adding industry expertise combined with financial and operational know-how, Holland Venture Partners will support the management of portfolio companies and add substantial value to the investments.

Holland Venture “People story”
Holland Venture was established in 1981 as one of the first private equity companies in The Netherlands. To date Holland Venture has realized a total 110 investments through four different funds. This new fund is the fifth fund managed by the Holland Venture organisation. The fund is headed by managing partners Hubert Verbeek and Ewout Prins, who both worked as investment managers for the previous Holland Venture fund and Hubert Verbeek also worked as director for Rabo Private Equity. They took over the helm from Holland Venture’s founder Rolf Deves, who is managing partner of the four previous Holland Venture funds. He has a vast experience with all aspects of company development and private equity transactions and shall be associated with the new fund through his role in the Advisory Board. Jos Houben, an experienced entrepreneur and investor with a broad track record, amongst others in deregulation projects, is the third partner of the team.

About Holland Venture Partners
Holland Venture was established in 1981 as one of the first private equity companies in The Netherlands. To date Holland Venture has realized a total 110 investments through four different funds. Created in 2009, Holland Venture Partners represents the new generation of this fund manager and is sponsored by Natixis Private Equity. The team is based in Amsterdam and will focus on expansion and buy-out investments in small and medium sized Dutch companies. The investment strategy will hinge on the acquisition of majority or significant minority holdings, ranging from €3 to €13 million in Dutch companies with revenues ranging up to €60 million.
www.hollandventure.com

About Natixis Private Equity
Leader in France in private equity devoted to SMEs, Natixis Private Equity is also a leading player in Europe with a rising profile in the high potential markets of Asia, South America and India. NPE is active in all areas of Private Equity – Venture, Expansion, Transmission and Funds of funds – with 20 teams, 194 professionals, 695 equity investments and more than €4 billion dedicated to the growth of SMEs. NPE has managed to develop a unique expertise to support experienced local teams and thus duplicate its business internationally.
www.natixis-pe.com

Press contacts:

Natixis Private Equity
Valérie Mathérion : +33(0) 1 58 19 20 53
Valerie.matherion@natixis-pe.com
Céline Malherbe : + 33(0) 1 58 19 20 26
Celine.malherbe@natixis-pe.com

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Publisher Contact Information:

Natixis Private Equity
+33(0) 1 58 19 20 53
Valerie.matherion@natixis-pe.com

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